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Global Urban Agriculture

Global Urban Agriculture

Edited by A WinklerPrins, Johns Hopkins University, USA

May 2017 / Hardback / 272 Pages / 9781780647326 £87.50 / €113.00 / $144.00
With 10% online discount: £78.75 / €101.70 / $129.60
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Main Description

There has been growing attention paid to urban agriculture worldwide because of its role in making cities more environmentaly sustainable while also contributing to enhanced food access and social justice. This edited volume brings together current research and case studies concerning urban agriculture from both the Global North and the Global South. Its objective is to help bridge the long-standing divide between discussion of urban agriculture in the Global North and the Global South and to demonstrate that today there are greater areas of overlap than there are differences both theoretically and substantively, and that research in either area can help inform research in the other. The book covers the nature of urban agriculture and how it supports livelihoods, provides ecosystem services, and community development. It also considers urban agriculture and social capital, networks, and agro-biodiversity conservation. Concepts such as sustainability, resilience, adaptation and community, and the value of urban agriculture as a recreational resource are explored. It also examines, quite fundamentally, why people farm in the city and how urban agriculture can contribute to more sustainable cities in both the Global North and the Global South.

Key Features:

· One of the first volumes to bring together evidence from urban agriculture in the Global North and the Global South
· Explores the contribution of urban agriculture to livelihoods, ecosystems and conservation
· Numerous case studies examine a very diverse range of urban agriculture systems


Suitable for university libraries, tertiary students, academic researchers and instructors in geography and environmental studies but also agriculture and a wide range of social sciences.

  • 1: Defining and Theorizing Global Urban Agriculture
  • 2: A View from the South: Bringing Critical Planning Theory to Urban Agriculture
  • 3: North American Urban Agriculture: Barriers and Benefits
  • 4: A Survey of Urban Community Gardeners in the USA
  • 5: Gardens in the City: Community, Politics and Place in San Diego, California
  • 6: ‘Growing food is work’: The Labour Challenges of Urban Agriculture in Houston, Texas
  • 7: The Marketing of Vegetables in a Northern Ghanaian City: Implications and Trajectories
  • 8: Hunger for Justice: Building Sustainable and Equitable Communities in Massachusetts
  • 9: Sustainability’s Incomplete Circles: Towards a Just Food Politics in Austin, Texas and Havana, Cuba
  • 10: A Political Ecology of Community Gardens in Australia: From Local Issues to Global Lessons
  • 11: Urban Agriculture as Adaptive Capacity: An Example from Senegal
  • 12: Intersection and Material Flow in Open-space Urban Farms in Tanzania
  • 13: Relying on Urban Gardens for Survival within the Building of a Modern City in Colombia
  • 14: Regreening Kibera: How Urban Agriculture Changed the Physical and Social Environment of a Large Slum in Kenya
  • 15: Farm Fresh in the City: Urban Grassroots Food Distribution Networks in Finland
  • 16: The Appropriation of Space through ‘Communist Swarms’: A Socio-spatial Examination of Urban Apiculture in Washington, DC
  • 17: Urban Agriculture and the Reassembly of the City: Lessons from Wuhan, China
  • 18: The Contribution of Smallholder Irrigated Urban Agriculture Towards Household Food Security in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 19: Community Gardens as Urban Social–Ecological Refuges in the Global North
  • 20: Global Urban Agriculture into the Future: Urban Cultivation as Accepted Practice

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